From September 2020 Maastricht University uses Canvas instead of Blackboard (EleUM). This means all courses have to be rebuilt in Canvas. To guide our teaching and support staff in this transition, a comprehensive set of training & support activities has been prepared.


The training activities (until further notice all online) include:

  • A self-paced Canvas training course (no tutor, not scheduled). Direct link.
  • A Canvas introduction webinar (groups up to 6 participants). Available on demand until 31-8-2021.
  • Support with course copy from year 2020-2021 to 2021-2022. Available on demand until 31-8-2021.

Self paced Canvas training course

This training course -to take anytime anyplace- will give you a first impression of Canvas. A personalised online learning journey is created, to get to know the Canvas basics and the choices UM made in setting-up the environment. You get the opportunity to directly apply the knowledge you gained in so-called assignments. To be able to execute the assignments, you get access to a personal ‘sandbox’ course. This allows you to experiment with the environment right away.

The Canvas training course is highly recommended before starting to create your Canvas course or the intake interview for the Transition Service.
To gain access, login to Canvas with your UM credentials. If you don’t get access to the training course you can choose the self-enroll option.


Canvas Introduction Webinar

With little or very basic prior knowledge of Canvas, you can request for a 2 hour online introduction webinar. In this session we will give you a first impression of Canvas. One of our Canvas Support students will guide you through a demo-course in 90 minutes and show you the Canvas basics and elaborate on the UM specifics of the environment. After those 90 minutes, participants who want can stay for another 30 minutes to ask questions or dive into specific issues.

Following your request for a webinar you will be contacted to tailor the workshop to your needs.

Afterwards you can start creating your own course.


Course copy support

Next to the self-paced training or the Introduction Webinar, you can make use of the ‘Course copy support service in which a Canvas  Support student will help you with copying the content of this year’s course to next year’s course.

To register for Course copy support, please send an email with the course codes of the courses you are responsible for and a 1-hour time-slot that fits your agenda to The project team will then assign a Canvas Support student and invite you for a Zoom meeting.

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